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jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

Anne Rethinks ‘Flawless’, Third-Tier Male Photographers & Values That Matter

Eden Foods Files Suit Against Contraception Mandate, Citing Birth Control As Immoral. PLEASE!!! Anne Says: Don’t Support Eden Foods With Your Wallet!

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

French Roast News

Why Philadelphia Women Need the Earned Sick Days Bill

Izabel Goulart in Sign from Lilith That Anne Has Religious Morals After All

Gang of 10 Republican NM Women Want to Jail Rape Victims for 3 Years If They Abort

First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu | The Feminine Feminist

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Is Maison Martin Margiela’s H&M Collaboration Subversive in Nature?

Billionaires Going Rogue 2012 Election | Rise of Superdads | Over My Dead Body | Dating Goes Partisan

GlamTribale Jewelry & Omo Valley People @ Kol Ami Craft Show Oct 13-14 2012

Sailing Towards Ithaca As A Sensual Journey

Australian Ballet Jubilee | Will Davidson | Vogue Australia November 2012 | ‘Heavenly Creatures’

Fashion’s Hippie Love Trend Is Tied to Womanly Cultural Creative Values

50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

Alfred Hitchcock’s Obsession: Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren in ‘The Girl’

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women’s IQs Now Higher Than Men’s

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

Our Jewelry Expresses the Eroticism of Nature & Beauty of Woman

Louis Vuitton’s Yayoi Kusama Celebration | David Austin Roses | Kate Scott Photography

Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th

Small Town Aryanna Strader Voters Like Cupcake Liners, Too

Catholic Bishops Hats Inspire Coconut Shrimp Recipe

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

UniteWomen.org Calls Out PA (R) Congressman Joseph Pitts, Sponsor of HR 358 ‘Let Women Die’ Bill

Bye Bye to UniteWomen.org, Karen Teegarden & Anita Doll Fiouris

Tabea Koebach | Seiji Fujimori | The Ground #2 | ‘The Throne’

Elephants are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Franca Sozzani: Living Simply and Thinking Big | We Call It Cultural Creative Wisdom

Marloes Horst | Will Davidson | Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012 | ‘Wanderlust’

Research Review: Are Kids of Gay Parents Better Off With Mom & Imprisoned Dad?

Bro. Dennis on Ultra-Orthodox, Fundamentalist, Extreme Moralists as ‘Evil Incarnate’| 2Ps in a Pod

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Wednesday
Nov182009

Foie Gras | Two Sides of the Same Story | Roger Moore vs Anthony Bourdain

Former 007 actor Roger Moore has succeeded in his PETA campaign to persuade Selfridges to stop selling foie gras. The campaign is a twist for PETA, which typically relies on more controversial tactics to spread their messages.

In the case of foie gras, perhaps the video says it all. No naked ladies are required to force Selfridges and Brits to acknowledge the inhumanity of eating foie gras … if the story is true, that the force-feeding process is totally inhumane.

There is debate around the facts of foie gras force feeding.

“Force-Feeding Birds Is Cruel, Not Yule,” reads the ad which has been devised by campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). “Torture in a tin” sums up the ad strategy.

To deliver the foie gras delicacy on human dinner plates, birds are force-fed swollen grain, usually maize, over an 18-day period, with a long metal tube down their throats. About 4 pounds of grain mixed with fat are pumped into the birds’ stomachs two or three times daily.

The fowls’ livers are swollen to 10 times their normal size, making them ready for human consumption. It seems that both sides agree with the facts of the process.

Think of foie gras as food waterboarding for fowl, although the vet in Anthony Bourdain’s video, says that we’re erroneously applying human physiology to duck and goose gullets. With diagrams and scientific explanations of duck physiology, Bourdain says that PETA is misleading the public.

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Monday
Nov162009

Jolie-Pitt Design Asprey Jewelry for Charity

There’s no more symbolic Smart Sensuality jewelry icon than the snake. Granted the serpeant has a mixed pedigree, depending on your cultural point of view.

Angelina Jolie and her new serpeant-inspired capsule collection, designed with partner Bradd Pitt for Asprey, have made peace with each other in the garden of family life.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the BAFTA Awards.The gorgeous bracelet enhanced Jolie’s arm as she and Pitt attended the BAFTA awards. Besides its seductive powers, since the birth of their daughter Shiloh, Jolie has considered the snake a talisman and protector of her family.

Hopefully sales of The Protector collection will proliferate far and wide, in Asprey stores in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Tokyo and Dubai. The Brand and Angelina duo hope to create a generous influx of much-needed cash to support the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.

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Sunday
Nov152009

Micro-Finance Receives $1.14 million Donation from The Simpson's Yeardley Smith

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson on the award-winning animated television series, The Simpsons, has joined the ranks of microfinance’s most generous and visionary supporters with a combined donation of $1.14 million to Grameen Foundation and  Fonkoze, a Haitian microfinance institution. The donation of $900,000 to Grameen Foundation will support a new initiative geared toward expanding micro-loans and other sustainable opportunities for people living at the very bottom of the economic ladder. The donation of $240,000 to Fonkoze is one of the largest individual gifts the organization has ever received and will help strengthen its institutional support for its front line staff.

 

Saturday
Nov142009

Scientists Develop Long-Lasting, Juicy Fruit Apple

Australian researchers say they have developed “the world’s best apple”, a deliciously juicy variety that stays “crispy” for 14 days, without genetic modification.

Its disease-resistant properties come from a gene found in the Asiatic apple malus floribunda. In Britian RS103-130 was more popular than the Pink Lady variety in taste tests.

Best of all the apple requires few or no fungicides. Sensing that the apple is too good to be true, we investigated further, finding nothing scary in the new apple’s pedigree.

The main argument against “the world’s best apple” is that fruit is supposed to rot and therefore the fruit goes against the principles of local, organic, eat-it-now thinking about food. To date, we find no health concerns or a secret smoking gun about the RS103-130 apple. A

More reading: the history of apples is a sweet feature in Michael Pollan’s PBS special “Botany of Desire”

Wednesday
Nov112009

Take a Reality Check About Small Pig Pets

The world is going gaga over “teacup pigs”, mini version of the biggie size porkie that we all know and love to eat. Well some people anyway.

Now that David and Victoria Beckham have ponied up over $2000 for a pair of micro pigs to live on their Hertfordshire estate, these small, precious, smart creatures should be living high on the hog.

Questions on my mind:

1. Six months from now will we be dumpting “teacup pigs” that grew bigger than 14” tall in abandoned animal shelters?

Already, news is rampant that “teacup pigs” can be scammed and actually grow up larger than imagined in real life. What if the little darling becomes not such a cute size anymore?

“Unscrupulous breeders are breeding pigs less than a year old, and by the time the litter is born, the parents still are only about eight months old and far below their full size,” says Yvonne McIntosh of Best Friends Animal Society. McIntosh is a potbellied pig expert. via Seattle PI

Breeders tell folks that the piglets will be no bigger than the parents, which is true. The fact of omission is that the parent pigs are just teenagers and not fully grown themselves. Yes, my friends, unscrupulous breeders are promoting adolescent sexual activity, and you are the victim.

photo via Daily MailAfter Paris Hilton but before the Beckham blessing, America already has an abondoned pig problem.

MkIntosh has surveyed colleagues at pig sanctuaries and rescue organization such as PigASus Sanctuary,  and Hamalot Pot Bellied Pig Rescue about their experiences with the trend.

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Wednesday
Nov112009

Controversial New Climate Change Data Challenges Basic Premise Around CO2 Absorption

Updated Dec. 2, 2009

Science Daily reports today that new data show that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of carbon dioxide having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now.

“Eden adjusted by climate change 2005” via James GleasonThe results suggest that terrestrial ecosystems and ecosystems have absorbed CO2 much more effectively than previously claimed, and run contrary to significant research that argues that greenhouse gases will soon skyrocket as our ecosystems absorbs less CO2.

The strength of the new study, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, is that it rests solely on measurements and statistical data, including historical records extracted from Antarctic ice, and does not rely on computations with complex climate models.

Note from Anne: I’ve been away for a week and feel a strong sense of responsibility about this article, given its status as our Top Read. I will review tonight the latest writing on this CO2 absorption challenge.

Dec. 2, 2009

I’ve finished the above promise to readers and just released an update. Totally conscious of the magnitude of this issue, my current Google Image rank on CO2 absorption, and my amateur status as a high-level business development consultant and not an environmentalist, I will review CO2 data and science blogs tonight, in an effort to write no misleading information on this critical subject.

Climatologists Must Defend CO2 Absorption Models Now

These two additional articles are also timely and address the growing confusion around Copenhagen. Also the WSJ just published a short opinion piece that sums up the situation from my point of view. I’m an environmentalist myself, but knowing that we’re standing on solid science is critical here. Trust me when I say that the new research and Climate Gate emails cannot be dismissed as irrelevant.

More reading: The Great and Powerful Climate Oz WSJ

Confusing News Heading Towards Copenhagen

Global Warming Science Pot Bubbling with Arguments

 

Friday
Nov062009

Slowly, Humans Reevaluate Meat Consumption

BBC News Magazine brings clarification to various definitions of the word vegetarian.

The Vegetarian Society, which has acted as the custodian of British vegetarianism since 1847, has a simple definition.

via BBC News Magazine“A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacean, or slaughter byproducts,” it says. They can make that even more pithy: “We don’t eat dead things.” That includes all fish, even those not threatened by global sustainability challenges. 

Juliet Gellately, director of the vegan and vegetarian group Viva, says that the new term ‘flexitarian’ is relatively meaningless. Flexitarianism is a semi-vegetarian diet focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption.

In 2003, the American Dialect Society voted flexitarian as the year’s most useful word and defined it as “a vegatarian who occasionally eats meat.” Flexitarian is distinguished from a polpescetarian, one who eats only chicken and fish.

The choices about eating meat, fish and poultry are increasingly tied to health concerns and environmental ones, and not ethical concerns around killing animals.

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